Material Support and Animal Technician

Updated: 2 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 21 Feb 2024

  • Full-Time, Continuing opportunity
  • Based at La Trobe University’s Melbourne (Bundoora) campus
  • Be part of a passionate and innovative team

About the position

A full-time position as Material Support and Animal Technician at LARTF will be located at La Trobe’s Melbourne campus in Bundoora. The technician will perform duties encompassing animal husbandry, providing essential material supplies to work areas, conducting stock inventory, material/animal transfers between work areas, animal health monitoring, and technical support according to documented procedures.

The appointee will have a high level of skill and capability in routine activities and deliver a consistently high standard of technical support and animal care, supported by Senior LARTF team members as required. The duties and responsibilities in the position may vary according to operational needs as animal species, number and the type of research being supported within the facility change over time.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this position, you will have;

  • Diploma of Animal Technology or an equivalent combination of relevant experience and/or education/training. Minimum of 2 years of relevant work experience in animal research.
  • Skills and experience with various animals used in research and teaching, demonstrating sound knowledge of animal husbandry, breeding, health and welfare monitoring, and technical procedures. Experience with genetically modified rodent colonies and zebrafish will be highly regarded.
  • Skills and experience with various equipment used in animal research facilities such as cage washer, steriliser/autoclave, bottle washer/filler and other stations.
  • Working knowledge of the Australian Code for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes, 8th ed. (2013).
  • Depth and breadth of knowledge and technical skills relevant to species used and research activities are undertaken in animal-based research.
  • Ability to provide factual advice requiring proficiency in work area rules and regulations.
  • Quality, appropriateness, and timeliness of advice in response to enquiries from internal and external stakeholders.

Please refer to the Position Description for other duties, skills and experience required for this position.

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  • 17% employer contributed superannuation
  • On site child care facilities
  • Flexible work arrangements
  • Discounts for staff and their family members to study a range of La Trobe courses

How to apply

Closing date:  By 11:55pm Wednesday, 21st February 2024

Position Enquiries:  Tanmay Shekhar - Manager, LARTF Operations

Email: [email protected]

Recruitment Enquiries: Bianca Trajanov - Talent Acquisition Consultant

Email:  [email protected]

Position Description below:

 PD - Material Support and Animal Technician.pdf

Only candidates with Full Working Rights in Australia may apply for this position.

Please submit an online application ONLY and include the following documents:

  • A Cover letter addressing the essential criteria in the position description;
  • An up to date resume

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants
We welcome and strongly encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. 

La Trobe University is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce. We take an intersectional approach by actively supporting and encouraging people of all backgrounds and abilities to submit an application and aim to ensure that the recruitment and employee experience is as accessible and inclusive as possible. Flexibility in interview format will be offered to shortlisted candidates.

All La Trobe University employees are bound by the Working with Children Act 2005.  If you are successful, you will be required to hold a valid Victorian Employee Working with Children Check prior to commencement.

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